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    My One Year Blogoversary: Giveaways

    I’ve decided to go a little giveaway crazy for my blogoversary this year. I promise if I make it another year I won’t have so many books for giveaway. But since this is my blog’s very first birthday, I decided to go overboard.

    As I don’t want to spread the posts out over a week, and I don’t want multiple posts each day, I’ve decided to pop all giveaways into this one post, linking out to the various forms so you can enter. And once this post goes live, I’ll update the blogoversary page to include the links there, too.

    You can enter every single one of the giveaways that you are eligible for. All giveaways are international, but two of the giveaways are for 18 and older since the books are not YA.

    UPDATE

    For those who are getting security messages when clicking to enter the giveaway forms, it may be because I have seven external forms and it’s triggering something with Google Chrome.

    I have updated the BLOGOVERSARY page HERE (or just click on the page tab above) to include all forms embedded so you can enter there and hopefully avoid the message.

    GIVEAWAYS #1-3 

    The books shown above are the actual books being offered for giveaway. I decided to separate them into three giveaways for better chances to win, because I don’t have four copies of each book, and also because not everybody wants each of the books.

    Giveaway #1

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A copy of Beautiful Chaos signed by both Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. There are four copies up for grabs.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be four (4) winners.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Book will be sent via U.S. mail.

    6. Contest ends at 10:59 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, November 20th. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Monday.

    7. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow but it’s always appreciated!

    ENTER HERE TO WIN

     

    Giveaway #2

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone signed by Laini Taylor. There are four (4) copies up for grabs.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be four (4) winners.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Book will be sent via U.S. mail.

    6. Contest ends at 10:59 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, November 20th. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Monday.

    7. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow but it’s always appreciated!

    ENTER HERE TO WIN

    Giveaway #3

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A copy of Dear Bully signed by five authors – Jessica Brody, Amy Koss, Melodye Shore, Nancy Holder and Lauren Kate. There are two (2) copies up for grabs.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be two (2) winners.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Book will be sent via U.S. mail.

    6. Contest ends at 10:59 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, November 20thWinners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Monday.

    7. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow but it’s always appreciated!

    <ENTER HERE TO WIN

    GIVEAWAYS #4-5

    I’m having two non-YA Rachel Vincent giveaways. One is for a copy of Blood Bound and there will be four winners. One is for a set of the Shifters series. All books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository. Each winner will get a signed Shadow Bound postcard, which sill be sent separately. The postcards are shown, above.

    Giveaway #4

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A copy of Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository and a signed Shadow Bound postcard, sent separately by U.S. Mail. There are four (4) copies up for grabs.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be four (4) winners.

    3. You must be 18 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Book will be sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location. Postcard will be sent by U.S. Mail.

    6. Contest ends at 10:59 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, November 16th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced by Midnight on Wednesday.

    7. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow but it’s always appreciated!

    ENTER HERE TO WIN

    Giveaway #5

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    One set of all six books in the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository plus a signed Shadow Bound postcard sent via U.S. Mail.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be one (1) winner.

    3. You must be 18 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Book will be sent via U.S. mail.

    6. Contest ends at 10:59 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, November 16th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced by Midnight on Wednesday.

    7. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow but it’s always appreciated!

    ENTER HERE TO WIN

    Giveaway #6

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A pre-order copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository. There are four (4) copies up for grabs.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be four (4) winners.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    4. Book will be sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location.

    5. Contest ends at 6:59 p.m. Pacific on Friday, November 11th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced by Midnight on Friday.

    6. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow but it’s always appreciated!

    ENTER HERE TO WIN

    Giveaway #7

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    One of the twelve books of my choice (shown above). There will be four winners.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be four (4) winners.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Book will be sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location.

    5. Contest ends at 10:59 p.m. Pacific on Friday, November 18th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced by Midnight on Friday.

    6. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow but it’s always appreciated!

    ENTER HERE TO WIN

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    Giveaway: Beautiful Chaos Signed

    I missed the signing for Beautiful Chaos at my local Barnes & Noble store this week, which broke my heart – you have no idea – but I popped by to see if there were any signed copies left behind. And there was a huge table of them. We’re talking at least twenty-five books.

    While I couldn’t walk away with the whole stack of them, partly because I was walking, partly because that’s just not right, I did manage to grab five copies.

    Four of those are going in my Blogoversary giveaway in two weeks, but this extra copy, is up for grabs today. I did not snag a copy for myself, because I don’t keep books unless they’re personally signed to me, so all five will be given away.

    But the copy up for grabs today is signed by both authors, and for some reason this copy had a bookmark, so that will be included with it.

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A hardcover copy of Beautiful Chaos signed by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl plus bookmark (unsigned).

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is International.

    4. Book will be sent via U.S. mail.

    5. Contest ends at 10:59 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, October 30th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Sunday.

    6. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    And if it’s actually possible that you don’t already – but you’d like to – stalk the authors on Twitter, here’s where you can make that happen… @kamigarcia and @mstohl.

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    The Beautiful Chaos giveaway is now closed and the winner will be announced shortly. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to enter. Good luck and stay tuned…

    Congratulations Braiden! You have won the signed copy of Beautiful Chaos plus the unsigned bookmark. I will be contacting you by email for your details and you will have 48 hours to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    To everyone else who entered, I have FOUR additional signed copies which will be going in the blogoversary giveaway on November 9th. So there will be another chance to win if you’d like to stop by then. I’ll also be giving away FOUR signed copies of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, TWO signed copies of Dear Bully signed by five authors, plus having a couple “books of my choice” giveaways.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #42

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of October 18th-October 24th that I have pre-ordered.

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    How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I’ve read a couple books by Sara Zarr and own one that is currently sitting on my TBR pile. But when I saw during a charity auction I was bidding in that she was releasing another book, I couldn’t wait to check it out. And as soon as I read what it was about I added to my pre-orders on Amazon.

    How to Save a Life does sound like an absolutely heartbreaking story about a girl whose father has died and whose mother decides to adopt a baby to fill the gap left by his absence.

    The story is also told from the perspective of the mother of the child who is being given up for adoption, who never felt loved by her own mother, and who may come to realize just how difficult giving up a child might be.

    I love Sara Zarr’s writing and I think she comes up with such amazing but sad and true to life stories to tell. I look forward to reading this next book of hers. And I’m not sure whether the cover feels so lonely or reminds me of the image that often accompanies that religious poem about footprints which is about never truly being alone.

    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series by authors Kami Garcia and Marget Stohl.

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    I can’t believe this is finally coming out. This book looks even more exciting and action-packed than Beautiful Darkness. I’ve been watching this book for a long time and pre-ordered the eBook as soon as it was available.

    I’m really hoping to go to the signing so that I can pick up a print copy to go along with the other two books that I have personally signed, but I’m not sure what’s happening that week.

    As I’ve already spotlighted this for my Book Watch post I won’t say too much about this third book in the series other than that I can’t wait to find out where the authors go with this story and just how chaotic things will become. And since the description talks of a sacrifice and an unhappy ending, I’m scared to find out who this will be.

    To get a look inside Beautiful Chaos from the book’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Del Rey, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Dearly, Departed is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I loved the cover and title of this book since the moment I saw it. I added it to my pre-orders the very second I was able. And the tagline is seriously awesome given just what this book is about.

    This book is set almost two hundred years in the future. The world is hi-tech but the fashions are Victorian. Sort of like a futuristic steampunk novel. But…we’re talking zombies in this one. Yep. Zombies.

    The description makes this sound pretty action-packed and promises a romance. With a zombie. Huh. Thankfully he’s not falling apart. Literally. But he’s still a zombie. And because of that their time is limited.

    Of course it was the humor that grabbed me from what I read in the description – “romance meets walking-dead thriller” and “macabre comedy.” You don’t often see the terms “romance” and “walking-dead” in the same sentence let alone having the romance be with one of the walking dead.

    I really, really hope that I can move this book up in the pile soon, because I have a feeling I am going to love this story.

    To get a look inside Dearly, Departed from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 416 pages.

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    I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. I had an early copy but passed it along to another blogger because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get to this before release. I pre-ordered it so that I’d have it for my eBook collection, and I can’t believe it’s releasing this week. Time really does fly.

    I was not drawn in by this cover. I solely added this book to my pile because of the author. But the story about the races reminds me of Stephen King’s The Long Walk and so of course I had to add this one to my list of books I must read.

    I can’t wait to meet the quiet Sean Kendrick and find out what his fears are. And I’m dying to find out what happens with Puck Connolly in the Scorpio Races that the description says she will be unprepared for.

    Swear by Nina Malkin will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Swear is the second book in the Swoon series by author Nina Malkin.

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    I fell in cover love with this book when I first saw it. I think I’m partial to fallen leaves and petals on covers. But I decided to pre-order Swear – which Amazon still refuses to update the release date of my order on even though it now has one – because I own and have read about half of Swoon, the first book in the series.

    Swoon was one of those books I started before I moved and started blogging and just never had a chance to pick back up. I think I had it listed as currently reading for six months before I moved it back to my TBR because I knew at that point that I’d have to start it all over again.

    I read the first sentence of the description on Goodreads and found it to be totally spoiler-y of book one, so I stopped reading it with the hope that I would forget it before I picked Swoon back up. It’s linked above for anyone who wants to add it to their piles, but I don’t want to look any further and end up ruining the series because of it.

    I bought Swoon because the description sounded awesome – a bad boy that may just be too bad – and the character names were cool – Pen (Penelope), Sin (Sinclair) and Dice. From what I remember having read, I was definitely intrigued with the story and I’m now hoping to have time to read both books in the near future…since that spoiler-y sentence revealed that clearly a lot did happen.

    I had hoped to read this early, since it was on Galley Grab, but sadly I just wasn’t able. But I’m happy to add this one to my eBook collection this week.

    To read an excerpt of Swear from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    Another release of note:

    Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez will be releasing on October 18, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    UPDATE

    I cannot believe I didn’t mention that this book is releasing this week! While I purchased this last month when Amazon released it early, and so it’s not technically on my list of pre-orders for the week, its official book birthday is on Tuesday.

    Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout’s official release date in the U.S. is October 18, 2011. However, it is currently available to order online in both paperback and eBook formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Half-Blood is the first book in the new Covenant series by author Jennifer L. Armentrout

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    As I already own this book in eBook format which I purchased the second it was available for download from Amazon and have a signed printed ARC, it’s not one of my pre-orders this week. But Tuesday, October 18th is its official release date and so I’m adding it to the “Releasing This Week” post.

    I already read and reviewed Half-Blood which is amazing. (My review is HERE if you’d like to check it out, along with the Goodreads description, link to excerpt and a book trailer… or three.) So I won’t go on, and on, and on.

    I will just say that I love this book and the author’s writing and can’t wait for the next book in the series, Pure, to be released. There’s action. There are demons. There are two very yummy fic boys to fall in love with. And a heroine who kicks a** almost as much as she gets hers kicked.

    This is definitely a must read series, and if there are any doubts, be sure to check out the prequel novella, Daimon, for just a taste.

    End of update

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    Well, it’s another five book week. Not too bad…. I don’t believe there were any new HarperTeen releases this week which is probably a good thing. I’m so behind on actually downloading many of my pre-orders onto my Kindle let alone thinking of reading them.

    I’m not exactly sure when I’ll get a chance to read all of the books I’m getting this week as I have so many books that I must be reading first, and a couple books like Variant and Silence that I really want to catch up on if I’m going “off pile.”

    I am not closer to figuring out how to balance blogging, real life and reading, but I have learned one thing as I approach my one year blogoversary and that is not to accept too many books for review.

    As much as it’s wonderful to get ARCs of books that you can’t wait to read, it’s also nice to read books that are releasing that you’ve been wanting to read just as badly.

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    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    Book Watch: Beautiful Chaos

    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garci and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third full-length book in the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

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    There was no way I wouldn’t have chosen Beautiful Chaos to spotlight for this week’s post. No way. This series is completely and totally awesome. I think the authors are so unbelievably amazing that I haven’t been able to review either of the first two books in the series because I am way too intimidated.

    I read Beautiful Darkness when it came out and sat in front of a blank page for hours as I was completely at a loss for words. Me. The girl who rambles on endlessly.

    I just love how deeply I got sucked into each story that I never wanted them to end. And they weren’t short books. Just as this one isn’t a short book.

    I love this cover the best in this series. It’s dark and ominous and beautiful and chaotic. All at once. And the title is captivating. I get the chaos, I’m now curious what beauty lies within.

    But it is the description that has left me destroyed. I am dying to find out what this sacrifice will be. And I am heartbroken because it already tells me that there won’t be a happy ending. I’m just hoping that it won’t be Ethan that’s sacrificed and that the unhappily ever after won’t be for him. But I’m not confident about that.

    The world the authors have created is rich, and dark, and imaginative and beautiful. And apparently in this installment, chaotic. I can’t wait for this to be released in less than a month so I can get the answers I so desperately need.

    It still remains to be seen whether I’ll be able to review it here on the blog. Maybe now that I’ve been doing this thing as long as I have I won’t feel intimidated. I doubt that, but I’ll still give it a try.

    To get a long look inside, CLICK HERE.

    Goodreads description:

    Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What – or who – will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

    For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena – and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself – forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

    Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

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    The Extras: September

    Yes we’re back with this month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    I know I’m a little late this month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff! And since I am a little late, I’ve included a peek at an October release I can’t wait for.

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    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series. The title really says it all. According to the description, when Ethan Wate returns home, Gatlin has gone haywire and is in complete chaos. If that wasn’t enough, his dreams, which are haunted, don’t seem to be staying dreams anymore.

    But the worst thing of all is that the description promises, “this time there won’t be a happy ending.”

    Oh. No.

    To get a look at the first thirteen pages, CLICK HERE.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first book in a new series of the same name. The second book, Crown of Embers is slated for publication in 2012 and the third book, The Bitter Kingdom in 2013.

    This is the story of a girl who is meant to fulfill a prophecy, who is secretly married to a king and whose enemies hunt her. It’s a story of a princess who meets a man who sees her differently from everyone else and to whom she may just fall in love.

    I’m intrigued.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Enthralled by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Vincent and many, many more, will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Enthralled is an awesome collection of paranormal stories written by some of the top authors in the genre, including Rachel Vincent, Claudia Gray, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, with the common thread of “journeying” to tie them together.

    This has been a book I’ve been dying to get my hands on for months. I’m glad the wait is now less than two weeks.

    To get a nice long look inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Cold Kiss is author Amy Garvey’s young adult debut and it sounds absolutely heartbreaking. Wren loses her boyfriend in a car accident. She brings him back from the dead, but it sounds as if Danny isn’t quite who he used to be and she begins to fall for someone else.

    No matter what she chooses to do, I can’t imagine any of those choices being easy or being painless, and I do expect there might be some tears involved with this read.

    Once again HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Beautiful Days is the second book in the Bright Young Things series. If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (See the very next Extra in this post.)

    This series is set in 1929 during the Jazz Age in New York and follows Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur and Astrid Donal. This sequel continues their story during an age when the nights are filled with parties and excitement.

    And with a description that hints at even more danger, heartbreak and romance, this is a new series I can’t wait to discover.

    To get a sneak peek courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen was released in the U.S. on October 12, 2010.

    This is the first book in a series set during the Jazz Age in 1929 New York. Two small town girls, Cordelia and Letty, head to the big city, one seeking stardom and the other trying to track down her father. And when they arrive, they discover a world that is opulent, exciting and dangerous.

    The story also introduces Astrid, a beautiful and wealthy flapper, who comes from a family with much to hide. Bright Young Things is just the beginning of each of their stories.

    Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and includes Bonus Material.

    To download the eBook from Amazon, CLICK HERE.

    To download the eBook from Barnes & Noble, CLICK HERE.

    Fateful by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.

    This new book, with its beautiful cover, by author Claudia Gray is set aboard the Titanic where the passengers consist not only of humans, but of werewolves. While the future of the ship is certain, the fates of Tess, the main character, and Alec, the boy she falls in love with, are not.

    Whether it’s Alec’s dark past or the ship’s tragic end, things do not look promising for the future of these two characters, who have the odds seriously stacked against them.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.

    Drink Slay Love sounds like it will be a whole lot of fun and a story filled with all sorts of sarcastic goodness. The main character is a teenage vampire who happens to develop a conscience after being stabbed by a unicorn. A unicorn! And since she is able to see her reflection and walk around during the day, she may just be becoming human.

    As someone who is now straddling both worlds, she’ll eventually have to make a choice who to side with.

    And according to the description there will also be a few “gorgeous vampires,” and “handsome were-unicorns.” Yum?

    To take a peek inside on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    And for another chance to take a peek at some of the books that are available now, check them out, below.

    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey was released in the U.S. today, September 8, 2011.

    This story had me hooked from its opening lines, which coincidentally can be found in the long look inside provided by the publisher. Braden Michaels leaves for Belle Dam in an attempt to protect his Uncle. What he finds there, aside from the utterly gorgeous Trey, is a town that is in the middle of a feud.

    The line has been drawn between two families of powerful witches. Jason Thorpe on the one side and Catherine Lansing on the other.

    And caught somewhere in the middle of it all is Braden, with an incredible power that is important that he hide. Witch eyes. Which give him ability to see the world as it actually exists and to unravel any magic spell he encounters.

    To get a look at the first five chapters of Witch Eyes, which released today, CLICK HERE.

    Vanish by Sophie Jordan was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.

    This is the second book in the Firelight series by author Sophie Jordan. As I haven’t yet read the first book, I’ve been hiding from all conversation about this sequel and have refused to look at the description for fear of spoilers.

    But if this sequel is anything like Firelight is described, then this story will be just as magical and heartbreaking as the first and will continue the story for Jacinda, a girl descended from dragons, and Will, a hunter and enemy of her kind.

    The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Pitch Dark’s Dark Days Sampler features excerpts from Supernaturally, Fateful, Cold Kiss, A Beautiful Dark and Eve. It was released on September 6, 2011.

    When I noticed this on Amazon last week I had to pre-order it. Although I have all the upcoming books pre-ordered, own a few of the ARCs, and have already read one of them, I just couldn’t pass up this free eBook sampler.

    While I have links in this post to excerpts of a couple of the books in the sampler, those links are to online reads, and by downloading the sampler you can take it with you almost anywhere.

    It is currently available as a free Kindle eBook download at Amazon, HERE.

    The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.

    This book’s description tells a rather heartbreaking tale. It is the story of a teenage girl who loses her parents and her brother in a car accident. Her life in turmoil, she develops a connection with the boy whose mother also died in the accident and whose father is in a coma.

    While this book sounds like it will be so terribly, terribly sad, I am hopeful that the connection these two characters make will bring a spark of joy to this tragic story.

    The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    Blood Bound is an utterly addicting new series by author Rachel Vincent, aimed at an adult audience. This new world she created in the Unbound series is dark, gritty and electrifying.

    In this world, filled with the Skilled who have the ability to track you down with something as simple as a name, the danger of being found and bound to one of the two crime families that control the city is always present.

    This first book is Liv and Cam’s story and is definitely one not to be missed.

    To take a peek at the first chapter of this book on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    This sequel to I Am Number Four in the Lorien Legacies is Seven’s story. The six that remain of the original nine who escaped from the Mogadorians are still in hiding. But Seven is ready to fight and has just been waiting for a sign.

    And John Smith’s escape may be just that.

    To check out the first five chapters on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    Dream Dark by Karmi Garci and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    This short eBook novella, which also includes a peek at the first five chapters of Beautiful Chaos, is the story of Link’s transformation and is set before the events in the upcoming third book in the series.

    So as not to spoil anything for those who haven’t met Link, I have been purposely vague about just what kind of transformation Link’s going through.

    But for those who want to know more, a quick peek at this novella is available, HERE.

    Haunting the Night by Mara Purnhagen was released in the U.S. on August 1, 2011.

    This novella in the Past Midnight series is set before Beyond the Grave, the third full-length book. According to the description, instead of going to Prom and spending time with her boyfriend Noah, Charlotte Silver is looking for answers about everything that happened to her and her family.

    And it seems she may just get some.

    It is currently available as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Really, what more can I say. Anyone who’s stopped by the blog knows just how much I love this book about these incredibly unique gods and goddesses and especially Ashline Wilde, a Polynesian volcano goddess with a serious kick-butt attitude.

    And for anyone looking for an ending that will absolutely rock your world, Wildefire is a book not to be missed.

    In case you haven’t yet decided to grab a copy, the publisher, Simon & Schuster, is still offering a nice peek inside, HERE.

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    I have read a few, but not all of the books in the above list. And I have grabbed all the free eBooks for both my nook and my Kindle – which at the moment is DOA – but that’s what the Kindle App is for.

    I am super excited about these upcoming releases, and for those that have already released, well, they are some of my favorites. Most of these books I either own or I have pre-ordered, but for the ones I haven’t yet have a chance to discover, getting a free download or being able to take a long look inside is such a great thing.

    So, for your reading pleasure, I’ve included them here. Happy reading!

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